The Siege of Leningrad is one of the longest-lasting and most destructive (in terms of lives lost and property damaged) sieges in history.
Leningrad (now known as Saint Petersburg) was encircled by German and Finnish forces on September 8, 1941. Since the Axis had completely cut off resupply and evacuation routes on land, the Soviets were forced to use a makeshift route across frozen Lake Ladoga. Known as both the "Road of Life" for the supplies it brought in, and the refugees it took out, and the "Road of Death" for the constant threat of German bombardment and thin ice, it nevertheless was crucial to the survival of the city.
The siege lasted 872 days, and claimed the largest death toll ever known in a modern city - about 1.5 million soldiers and civilians were killed, and another 1.4 million had to be evacuated, although many also died during the evacuation. During early January, 1944 the Soviets began several offensives to end the siege, which officially ended on January 27, 1944.
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